Zara ’10 has a light gold colour, with concentrated aromas of white peach, mandarin and jasmine. The soft, dry palate opens into complex flavours of apricot, honeycomb and sea-salt with a fine, long finish.
Zara ‘10 is bottled with leading technology ‘DIAM’ corks. These are produced using a liquid form of carbon dioxide which eliminates any possibility of cork taint and, when the wine is well cellared, they provide consistent evolution for every bottle.
Total acidity as tartaric: 6.0g/l
Residual sugar: Dry
WINEMAKING They were lightly crushed, cooled for skin contact, pressed, then the juice was cold settled. The majority underwent barrel fermentation in seasoned French oak, and was then aged on lees with regular stirring. The balance was tank fermented at cool temperatures.The separate lots were blended in February 2011, then returned to barrel for a further 3 months’ maturation. The finished wine was fined and bottled in July 2011.
VINEYARDS From 30 March to 4 April 2010, fully ripe viognier grapes were hand harvested in several passes across the sloping middle terrace of the vineyard.
ORIGIN Zara is affectionately named after Zara Buck, the first born child of the third generation of Te Mata Estate’s Buck family. Zara spent her childhood playing amongst the vines at the vineyard which is home to this delightful viognier.
Zara '10 - 'Hand-picked, fermented and lees-aged for eight months in seasoned French oak barriques, Zara has a creamy bouquet leading into a very elegant, sweet-fruited wine with tropical fruit-flavours, slightly buttery, showing excellent concentration, texture and complexity.' ★★★★Michael Cooper, Michael Cooper's Buyers Guide to New Zealand Wines 2013 All Reviews